As parents of 4 small children, we feel responsible to teach art and encourage them in a wide range of artistic endeavors. I have no doubt that they will figure it out for themselves if they are so inclined, but I'd like to think that an early start will give them more confidence in trying new artistic mediums. When I was younger I just assumed each art style was a singular pursuit, like if you were a painter then you only painted and so forth.
We can see that some of our kids are more artistically inclined but they all take an interest so we end up doing an art project and adjusting them for everyone's needs and age.
20 month old toddler through 4 year old's use Play Doh:
Older kid, 6 - 8, are starting to use adult clay's like Sculpey and Premo which get finer detail and require them to use more tools and techniques.
The Sculpey clay came with reference that the kids used to create these sculptures and I think once they gain confidence they will create their own characters.
I'm feeling a little rusty but the best way to teach is to sculpt along with them so here is my little aardvark:
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